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turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the precursor chemicals for seron nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers. this week u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity at chemical weapons site, like this one near homs. while u.s. officials confirmed the precursor chemicals are loaded and they must be mixed together to get the sarin gas. president obama and hillary clinton issued strong warning to syria's president bashar al assad. >> it's the point of no return. they're going to lose any sort of backing they had in terms of the chinese and russians. it's a suicide mission. >> reporter: the killing force of sarin nerve gas is devastating. 5,000 kerds were killed in 1988. >>> well, back here at home, fiscal cliff negotiations in washington are still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for a long weekend. this, as treasury secretary timothy geithner says the obama administration is willing to go over the fiscal cliff. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from washington
. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence as first reported by nbc news indicates that syria's military has loaded the precursor bombs, even a tiny bomb can attack the nervous system, killing within seconds or minutes, most of syria's sophisticated weapons are from russia, syria's most powerful ally. but today, they were so alarmed about the chemical threat, they met with hillary clinton to talk about a possible future for syria without assad. >> we have been trying hard to work with russia to stop the bloodshed, and start a transition towards a post-assad future. >> reporter: the u.s. critics want the administration to consider military options. >> we do know absolutely that these weapons have been readied for use by bashar al-assad's aircraft. again, i urge, we urge the president of the united states to make whatever military preparations are necessary. >> reporter: another military imperative, securing the weapons if assad loses control. >> it is absolutely important that terrorist groups not obtain possession of those weapons, and then try to use them against any other country or any other gro
. >>> tonight defense officials fell our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski that a u.s. navy s.e.a.l. was killed during the rescue operation of an american doctor in afghanistan. his name has not been released. it happened during a raids to save dr. dill let joseph. the military says the operation was ordered after intelligence showed the doctor's life was in danger. >>> just two months after winning re-election, venezuelan president hugo chavez says his cancer has returned and he's treating treatment once again in kib what. in a nationally televised speech, chaves mentioned a possible successor should his condition worsen. it's not revealed what type of cancer he has. >>> tomorrow the first fema trailers are expected to roll into new jersey, much needed temporary housing. and in new york tonight, there are new questions about why politicians for decades didn't heed warnings about what could happen if a superstorm like sandy came ashore. katie? >> reporter: good evening, lester. there was a 14-foot storm surge here on lower manhattan, completely submerging this subway station.
is hitting and the big impact on travel. >>> plus, the latest on yet another major storm taking aim at the u.s. >>> the cliffhanger over the budget impasse in waington. tonight, president obama cut short his vacation in hawaii, just six days before the deadline for big cuts and tax hikes. >>> the war next door. they say the borders are more secure than ever. but look what hidden cameras found on one man's land on this side of the border. drug smuggling, alive and well. >>> and fashion police. as retailers report on the all-important shopping season, we report on a trend you might have missed. just what do these mannequins see in you? "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. and we begin with serious winter weather that is moving east. rain, snow and wind that is snarling a lot of travel plans for those trying to make it home from holiday travels. it is the same storm system that is responsible for at least three deaths and spawned record-setting tornado
a "crowning" achievement. >> being miss teen u.s.a. is an unbelievable dream. >> danielle doty is living the dream -- a dream she's been aiming toward most of her life. >> i had been competing in pageants since i was 7 years old, and i thought, "you know, i'm at the right age." so i was like, "why not give it a try?" >> texas! [ cheers and applause ] >> the texas teen won the crown, and now she gets to wear the gown. >> colorful? >> colorful. >> [ laughs ] >> actually, quite a few of them. hers is now a lifestyle jam-packed with red-carpet openings, glitter, and glamour. >> i love this. >> love that. out of these three pieces, i'd say the zipper dress is really amazing, and this is, i mean, just fabulous. >> it looks like fun, but it's also a full-time job. danielle has a calendar filled with good causes...like this one -- project sunshine. it brings a bit of happiness to children with serious illnesses. >> when she comes into the hospital, she just has a light about her and makes the kids smile and makes them feel like a normal kid. >> helping out miss teen u.s.a. is some additional sta
if these weapons were used. let's begin here tonight with the very latest. >> reporter: good evening, brian, u.s. officials tell us that the syrian military is poised tonight to use chemical weapons against its own people. and all it would take is the final order from syrian president assad. as the fighting grows more intense and syrian rebels close in on damascus, the syrian regime has turned very desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the pre cursor for bombs, that could be dropped from dozens of fighter bombers. this week, u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity here, near homes. today, while u.s. officials confirm the precursor chemicals are loaded, they must still be mixed together to create the deadly gas. the alarm shook the world, including president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton issued strong warnings to syria's president assad, there would be strong consequences if he used chemical weapons. >> they would lose any sort of backing they had with china and russia, in terms of blocking the vote. >> reporter: the chemical mix is deva
>>> intense cold blows into the u.s. along with record snowfall and thunderstorms for most of the country. >>> gasoline almost half a buck cheaper and going lower as president obama and boehner meet face to face to go over the looming fiscal cliff. >>> the latest on the death of a nurse. a handcuffed manakes off with a police cruiser. >>> and could hillary clinton be presented with an offer she can't refuse? "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 10, 2012. >>> hey there, good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. right now residents in the midwest are waking up to the heaviest snow in months. highway closures and around 150 flight cancelations and delays at minneapolis, st. paul's airport, this morning. bill karins tracking the weather. what does it look like now? >> old man winter crashed the party this weekend. without a doubt. we were off to a warm period of weather throughout the country. now all the cold air up in canada and alaska has rushed to the south behind the storm. most of the snow was over with. light stuff and flurri
days. be sure to check wbal for updates. a member of the u.s. navy's elite seal team 6 was killed during the rescue of an american doctor, kidnapped by the taliban in afghanistan. >> a tragic turn of events as the -- a u.s. navy seal loses lives -- loses his life saving the life of a fellow american citizen. it was a joint u.s.-afghan effort. the navy seal identity has not been released by the pentagon, but he is being labeled a hero by the top brass in washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and barack obama. he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that makes our nation strong, safe, and free. his sacrifice has not been lost on the doctor's family, who offered their condolences and thank him for his bravery and for the bravery of his teammates. >> if the fiscal cliff budget talks fail to produce a deal, more than 2 million will lose their jobs after christmas. it would affect those who have been out of work more than six months. and another 1 million people will lose benefits during the three m
of children and families with shattered dreams. why has the russian government banned adoptions by u.s. citizens? >>> and new revelations about ronald reagan's relationships with two of the most powerful women in the world, the queen and margaret thatcher in documents released three decades later. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening, i'm natalie morales in tonight for brian. it is down to the wire now with about 80 hours until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good
. then i saw wind moving cars. >> there are a few cars out there. but a problem of note in annapolis, u.s. 50 near jennifer road. a and elsewhere, pretty good. 55 miles an hour on the north side. everything looks good as well on the west side toward 70. so far, so good, on the jfx. out of the owings mills area -- and here is 50 at ritchie highway. flashing lights. we are waiting to hear what direction the accident is. southbound 95 toward the 895 split guest: overall moving well on most of the major roadways. we will let you know if any problems come in. tram are big story is the finger-pointing continues on capitol hill this morning. new hope for a deal to avoid going off the fiscal cliff. if president obama will meet with congressional leaders later today. danielle leigh is in washington with more on the rush for a deal. >> president obama and congressional leaders need to make progress, and today's last met afternoon meeting at the white house could be a final opportunity. >> mcconnell seemed to give an indication that maybe, just maybe, the president might make a new offer giving -- g
they again tried to reach a deal and still no compromise. the u.s. is just hours away from going over that fiscal cliff. without a deal before midnight, americans will be bringing in this new year with sweeping tax hikes and swing -- a tactic -- and cuts. >> >> t . >> i hope that they can work together and realize that this is affecting everyone. >> both chambers will reconvene this morning at whichthat they k together and realize that this is affecting everyone. >> both chambers will reconvene this morning at which point, there are just 12 hours left until this deadline. >> whatboth chambers will recone this morning at which point, there are just 12 hours left until this deadline. >> what are lawmakers working on today? >> we understand that senator harry reid, the majority leader, will what are lawmakers workingn today? >> we understand that senator harry reid, the majority leader, will reintroduce the pre fiscal cliff, maryland would be hit hard with hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> if america falls off that fiscal cliff, maryland would be hit
chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous prank played out by the deejays later on. >> good job, prince william with the flowers. >>> a story
of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and later, we'll look back at how we covered the biggest stories from 2012, from golden moments at the olympics to the hard-fought race for the white house and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the severe weather with the last round, but you can see en
compound was expecting u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s to arrive by helicopter. one image from that night has come to symbolize the mission. the photograph taken at the height of the raid by veteran white house photographer pete souza. there it is. there you are. >> here i am sitting right here. >> that's an intense look on your face, and everyone is intently watching that screen. >> this is -- if i'm not mistaken, pete, this picture was taken right as atthe helicopter was having problems. that's what it feels like, because i remember hillary putting his hand over her mouth at that point. >> when you look at it, what does it conjure up inside you? >> that's the way i usual look when my husband drags me to an action movie. it was just an extraordinary experience and aa great privilege to be part of. >> when you see it now, what comes back? >> we were all just really concentrating. our entire focus was on listening to the play-by-play. as you can see, the president is sitting right behind me. i remember turning and looking and it was just this. no emotion. >> what comes to mind first? is it a sensat
as a joint u.s. afghan special team went in to save the life of dr. dilip joseph, an american doctor who was kidnapped two days before with two members of his afghan staff. the staff was released earlier when a small ransom was made but the taliban was asking for $100,000 for dr. joseph's release. general john allen felt that his life was in imminent danger and then called for the rescue mission as special operations team lured the taliban in, saying they would pay the ransom. the taliban came. instead, they were met by this team who killed at least six taliban insurgents. unfortunately, this u.s. navy s.e.a.l. also lost his life. his identity has not yet been released but he is being labeled a hero by the top brass in washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and president barack obama who in a statement said he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free. the american navy s.e.a.l. sacrifice has not been lost on dr. joseph's family who, in a statement relea
. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. and is facing up to 17 years in prison. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been tracking the progress of this 5-month-old panda cub from the san diego zoo. who now tips the scales at 15.4 pounds. and zookeepers say he's growing normally. he's got a big plastic ring and chewing on bamboo. glad to see he's doing well. >>> over to wall street for a check on your friday morning markets. the dow lost 18 on thursday closing at 13,096. the s&p was down a point and the nasdaq lost 4. overseas fared slightly better. the nikkei gained 72 points while the hang seng added 46. >>> as those fiscal cliff worries become more real on main street and wall street, a drastic drop in consumer stocks that sent stocks skidding thursday on news that house members will return to negotiations sunday evening. on investors' radar the latest pending home sales data comes out at 10:00 a.m. >>> meanwhile, the dairy industry is calling it
on the findings of an independent panel investigating the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. the board concluded that systematic failures at the state department lead to inadequate security that left the mission vulnerable. the september 11 attack killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. despite that review, the panel determined no individual american officials ignored or violated their duties, and no disciplinary action was needed. in addition, the board found there was no protest and blamed the incident entirely on terrorists. both sides appear to be even closer to a deal with regard to the fiscal cliff, but just in case negotiations stall house republican leaders are pitching a plan b. under the backup plan, tax rates for those earning more than $1 million a year would increase to 39.6%. democrats quickly rejected the suggestion. hundreds of baltimore city temporary school employees will lose their jobs before christmas. administrators say they are making the cuts to avoid duplicating positions, some of which have been on the payroll more than three years. the president of the teac
to work. what is on the top of >> the man who let u.s. forces to victory during the first goal for in 1991 has died. retired general norman schwarzkopf died in florida at the age of 78. known popularly as stormin norman, he served his last assignment as commander in chief of central command before retiring in 1992. a spokesperson for george h.w. bush have asked people to put the heart back in the closet when it comes to his hospitalization. he has been in intensive care since november battling a case of bronchitis and a series of complications. officials say the president is in for a long recovery but is alert and is very comfortable. after being out of commission for several weeks due to estimate virus and a concussion, secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week. doctors had brought her from overseas travel for several more weeks but she will be prepared to step down as secretary of state early next year. her return also paves the way for testifying about the diplomatic attacks in benghazi. corporation for the new york new year's eve celebrations are in the final sta
to track u.s. submarine using the technology he learned on the job working for the navy. the information included the technology and procedures required to find the subs. hoffman delivered that information to fbi agents posing as an undercover operation. >> that was andy fox reporting. >>> now for a look at your friday weather, nicks meteorologist dylan dreyer is here with the forecast. it happens to be our favorite one. >> i know. it is a good day but, yeah, you know, yesterday was so much colder than it has been. we're actually starting to see a pattern shift here. we are going to see colder air start to work in behind this cold front that is bringing a whole lot of rain through portions of the great lakes through the ohio river valley. basically the country is split in half. the northern part of the country is seeing all this messy weather mostly in the form of rain but the southern half of the country, minus a couple of clouds, really not seeing too much of anything. in fact, most of our warm temperatures are down through the gulf coast states as well. this cold front is going to mov
procras procrastinato procrastinators. >>> plus, a u.s. senator arrested on dui charges. the world's most expensive dinner. and "the hobbit" holds on. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 24, 2012. >> and a very good morning to you on this christmas eve, i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> days after the national rifle association's first public comments since the newtown massacre, critics are taking aim at the controversial plan to put armed guards in schools. the head of the powerful group is sticking to its guns on the explosive issue. one congress won't be able to do anything about until sometime next month. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws aren't the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.
. that prediction from the senate majority leader today after u.s. senators and president obama cut their vacation sure to return to washington. but there is no deal yet and there's a lot of criticism of house members who are still at home, at least until sunday night. jennifer jackson has the latest. >> the senate is back to work as the clock ticks and america gets closer to going over the fiscal cliff. president obama has also returned to washington. house members are still home for the holidays peeping >> i cannot imagine their consciences, wherever they are around the country. we are trying to get something done. >> harry reid is blaming house speaker john boehner for the stalemate and predicts new deal will happen before the end of the year. house republicans have rejected any compromise where the wealthiest americans no longer get a tax cut. others are still optimistic. >> these deals come together at the last minute. to paraphrase ronald reagan, there has got to be a pony here someplace. >> i would urge the speaker of the house to call is back in session, to do what america expects us to do
be watching the ball drop from their offices at the u.s. capitol. it has been a day of twists and turns in washington, both procedural and political as the white house and congress tried to find a way to avert those automatic tax and spending measures that kick in midnight tonight. the bottom line at this hour, we are headed over the proverbial fiscal cliff. we say that because the senate hasn't voted on any kind of deal. you see it there live. and the house has said even if there is a deal, they're not going to bring any bill to a vote on this new year's eve. so the big question tonight, what impact will it have on every american? we have all of it covered, and we begin with nbc's kelly o'donnell for the latest from capitol hill. kelly? >> reporter: good evening, kate. well, congress is out of time, and frustrations are really running over. and while democrats and republicans say they want to find a solution and they are working toward that, they don't have a deal yet, and that means for now there is nothing to vote on before tonight's deadline. with your money on the line, tonight was
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with attempted espionage. robert hoffman tried to give a classified information on how to track u.s. submarines to people he thought were representatives of the russian federation. >> this is the seven first anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. there'll be a parade later today. in new york, survivors will commemorate the anniversary. there will be a similar ceremony at the inner harbor in ltimore on the last surviving vessel to witness the attack. >> 5:10. is all of your shopping done? >> after you by the fancy electronics, there is another major decision you have to make. major decision you have to make. >> there is an accident at watcha having? first i will have the shire skillet. next i shall procure some hobbit holes with a side of the pumpkin pancakes. that ought to hold me till second breakfast. eat like a hobbit. only at denny's. and see "the hobbit: an unexpected journey." >> now insta-weather plus and traffic pulse 11 together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. one problem on southbound 895 pass the steel bridge. the right lane is still blocked by
between congress and the white house. 25 days before the u.s. is set to go over the fiscal cliff and still no deal. >> the president wants more revenue and fewer spending cuts then if we fell off the fiscal cliff. >> pulling the rug out from under these families would delay the recovery. how do we get the economy moving? weekly unemployment claims spike. governor chris christie pressed president obama for additional aid. >> i am going home, guys. >> hiring plans plans last month. matching a record low from november of 2008. planned layoffs rose 20% to their highest levels in six months. consumer spending is down. >> i want to thank tiffany. >> the fiscal cliff negotiations are down to president obama and john boehner. the uncertainty could take a toll. >> it hasn't affected hiring and layoff decisions yet but it will if we get into next year and haven't nailed this down. >> on monday the president travels to michigan to talked economy at a diesel plant. >> why is superstar sandy plain such a role in the jobs report? >> 24 states were affected one way or the other. businesses had to shut do
violence in this society. just putting more deadly weapons out there. >> reporter: and as for how the u.s. would pay to put armed officers in every american school, as the nra recommends, lester, lapierre pointed the u.s. is spending billion of dollars year to train police in iraq and asked why federal dollars can't be used to train school guards here at home. >> peter alexander, thanks. another one of lapierre's claims that producers of movies, tv shows and video games are more responsible for real-life gun violence than guns themselves. from los angeles, nbc's mike taibbi takes a closer look at the issue of violence in our popular culture. >> reporter: it was a week after the explosion of gunfire in newtown that the nra's wayne lapierre called hollywood and the gaming industry enablers and co-conspirators in a culture of gun violence. >> a child growing up in america today witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18. >> reporter: hollywood knows the poll body count is high and profitable. five of the year's top ten grossing
, the u.s. is set to reach the debt limit on monday. that according to treasury secretary tim geithner in a letter to congress, though, he did say he expects to take what he called extraordinary measures to extend the government's borrowing ability for another two months or so. and even your cup of coffee, once a deal on the fiscal cliff. baristas at the 120 starbucks in washington, d.c. were encouraged by management to add a shot of bipartisanship to their drink orders and remind customers in our nation's capital to come together. >> wall street is typically quiet her this time of year, of course, this last week of 2012 was marked by investor concerns over congress' new year's eve plans and that looming fiscal cliff. so what impact does it have on your money? alison deans is with us, senior adviser at varick asset management. nice to see you. happy new year. do you have two plans for 2012, one that includes the fiscal cliff and one that doesn't? how do you prepare for the new year as an investor? >> pretty much. i mean, the outcome, if there is some type of healthy resolution to the f
but washington. the whole u.s. economy, your entire portfolio is hostage to two warring parties, demonstrating a level of partisanship that's been empirically measured to being the worst since 1860, the origins of the civil war. let's hope it doesn't take out that particular benchmark. we're witnessing a titanic struggle between those who are willing to rise above politics, and compromise to cut spending and increase taxes. yes, that's the actual compromise radical middle position as dave cote from honeywell says, and those who simply refuse to accept tax increases or entitlement cuts. given that the president's saying he campaigned and won on a platform of higher taxes for the wealthy and the republicans say they were elected because they pledged to behind the scenes power broker grover norquist they would never raise taxes, it certainly seems like the impasse cannot be solved and we got to go over the cliff. not only do the hard liners refuse to rise above partisanship in order to avoid a government mandated recession, which is what it's tantamount to doing, but we can't even get them to pro
flights were canceled in the u.s. bwi thurgood marshall airport was no exception to the travel mess yesterday. on average, 1-to our travel delays. the weather here improved. traveled nationwide did not 31 family spent the holiday on the other side of the country, with an unplanned night in baltimore. >> we decided to spend christmas in las vegas, and today the odds were not with us. we are happy to be on the ground, so it was kind of rough up there. we are grateful to be here. >> for others in and around maryland who were not flying, the snow was a chance for many to stock up on winter supplies they had not gotten around to yet. you can track storms from anywhere with our iphone and enjoyed app. you can always get the updated forecasts every day at wbal tv.com. click on "weather." now the latest on conditions. >> it looks like all that rain and snow has quickly moved out of the area, but it is still impacting travel across the northeast. heavy snow in upstate new york all the way to maine with rain on the coast. we are seeing the strong wind on the backside of this, preventing tempe
hikes on those earning $1 million or higher. a giant of the u.s. senate has passed away. he died tonight from respiratory complications. he was the first japanese american serving in congress. president obama said the governor was revered by all who knew him. he was 88 years old. a family is dealing with a cool reality this holiday season. the family of four has to find a new place to say after their home caught fire. this video was taken at the fire. you can see flames shot up. it took an hour to get everything under control. no word on what sparked the flame. city police say a man was shot in a neighborhood. police say officers responded around 7:45 tonight. we are told the victim was seriously wounded. tonight, a deadly nightmare after a man comes to the aid of a motorist. the heartbreaking details. the karl -- >> the car loses control and hit a man. a man described as a good samaritan is dead tonight as he reported the came to the aid. 54-year-old was on the shoulder this morning helping a driver change a tire. investigators say another driver coming off the southbound ramp lost cont
in the u.s. on friday, that dropped to 600. by saturday, just more than 100. a few of the remaining problems were on the west coast where another storm system brought rain and snow. in the higher elevations, they struggled along highway 80. >> it is going to be worth it. >> before the 84 million expected to travel by car, the news. gas prices are down 20 cents in one month. for some families this christmas, there is even better news. she saw her daughter for the first time in nine months. >> we have been waiting and waiting. we were worried about the weather. everything worked out. we're glad to have her home. >> for them and so many others, home for the holidays never sounded so good. >> according to aaa, nearly 2 million marylanders will travel 50 miles or more for the holidays. a holiday tradition for people in denver is coming to an end. for 50 years, he has attracted millions with his desk and christmas display. this year, it reaches 70 feet high and contains about 150,000 lights. he started out with one strand. he says he is getting old and it is time to hang up the lights. so
shout out to my family in westminster, maryland. i love and miss you. >> i am serving in that u.s. cavalry in northern africa of business and -- in northern afghanistan. happy holidays. i miss you guys. >> i am currently serving in afghanistan. i would like to which my family i would like to which my family and
could lose them. that brings us to consequence no. 5, the u.s. economy. as markets react, the cbo forecasts a slowdown in economic growth and a skyrocketing unemployment rate that could reach 9.1% by year's end. in other words, we head towards another recession. that prediction according to economist and head of the federal reserve, who are originally. the term of fiscal cliff to describe this doomsday scenario. >> they with us as we continue to monitor the negotiations on air and on line. we'll have all the late breaking coverage that you need. we also have a special project economy section on the website that explains the situation in greater detail. just go to wbaltv.com. >> here in baltimore, people are gathering down the inner harbor for the area's largest new year's eve fireworks display. we are all over this new year's eve spectacular. a bird's-eye view of traffic into the inner harbor and the festivities from the air. sarah has more on all the excitement that is building. but there is a lot of excitement here downtown as we prepare to countdown to 2013. in just a couple of
for our great country. the other forces? the transports, banks, u.s. treasury bonds and gold. first, you know i like to watch the transports as a measurement of economic activity. you know it has to be shipped somewhere to be sold. that is why i follow the transports so closely. when they are going up it means there is more commerce happening than thought. planes, trains, truckers and shippers going higher, that above all, is a terrific predictor of growth. today the transports showed signs of growth. i got more negative. a real break out. that would be a signal of a genuine expansion on the rise. the action signaling that could happen. second, the banks are now breaking out of the ranks with the transports. look at the xlf. that is a exchange trade fund. this group is moving to the upside. one that is necessary if we are going to see a legitimate and lasting recovery. it looks like it has had a big run. it is still less than half of where it was a few years ago. we will look at the trading in goldman sachs. it has been lured back to life. that is the case with bank of america. just to g
at the port. they handle 40% of all u.s. container cargo. major steps have been made toward resolving the ongoing dispute. >> believe it or not, the holiday season is still in full swing. if you're looking for ways to stay in the christmas spirit, there is one place sure to spread cheer. one man's home has become an annual yuletide exhibit, but this display may truly encompass the real meaning of the season. jennifer franciotti has the details. ♪ >> the lights are exquisite. more than 45,000 of them blinking in unison since november 27th complete with holiday carroll's, the star of david, and several christmas trees. he spent more than 50 hours. together his home for the holiday season and they have been looking forward to his nontraditional display for years, it is are actually part of a massive effort for charity. >> i do it to raise awareness for casa, a court-appointed special advocates for foster children. >> a volunteer with casa, he has shared this for the third consecutive year. he has raised over $2,000 so far and organization officials promised to put it to good use. >> it
cliff mean for u.s. jobs. jane king has the bloomberg business report. >> a warning about what happened if the economy goes over the fiscal cliff. one and a half million americans could lose their jobs if lawmakers fail to come to an agreement. nationwide insurance warning customers the computer network has been hacked. nationwide is apologizing and offering customers identity theft protection for a year. posters may have a buyer for its wonder bread brand. it could take months before production of the bread brand wraps up again. optimism helping to give the dow and s&p a boost yesterday. apple was weighing on the nasdaq. walt disney world's new fantasy land is open after the biggest expansion in the 41-year history. the magic kingdom makeover includes giving out pagers and serving beer and wine for the first time ever. the park has been struggling with stagnant attendance. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king, bloomberg news, for wbal-tv 11 news. >> 5:22. 31 degrees at the airport. asking questions at a town hall meeting. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water
. >> 28 degrees on tv hill. a u.s. senator is charged with driving under the influence the >> george h.w. bush will be spending christmas in the hospital. >> this is a live picture of traffic at baltimore national pike. w=!n did you get chips for the party? nope. cheese plate? cheese plate...nope. i made something better. ♪ you used the oven? boom ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea. pillsbury grands! flaky layers biscuits in just 15 minutes the light delicate layers add a layer of warmth to your next dinner. pillsbury grands biscuits let the making begin. >> president obama was among the other dignitaries that attended a service for the late senator daniel inouye. the veteran was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. george h.w. bush is in stable condition in a houston hospital. he has been undergoing treatment for bronchitis. doctors are still optimistic that bush will make a full recovery. he still needs to build up some strength befor
. senators pleaded once again with the fema director for help. >> people woke up to this headline "u.s. denies aid to storm victims." this is the picture. >> the senator speaks wednesday at a sub committee on capitol hill expressing sadness and disbelief that fema denied the state's request for individual assistance for residents affected by superstorm sandy. also in attended was another senator who pointed out why the state was spared 30 inches of snow still fell and areas around the crab capitol were destroyed by flooding. >> if you live in parts of maryland you are suffering as much as any community in this storm. >> both the governor and fema director have pledged to appeal the denial, has expressed outrage saying "i cannot remember a public policy decision that more deeply grieves me than the denial of individual assistance aid to families, homes, easy businesses. as one of maryland's poorest counties they need the help that these funds will provide." fema will still provide funds to the state that will help repair public structures such as roads. back on capitol hill the direct
more and buy less in case taxes do go up. >> experts say the fiscal cliff could play grinch to the u.s. economy during the holiday shopping season. in a recent survey, the national retail federation found about 2/3 of shoppers said the fiscal cliff and other economic concerns would affect their holiday spending. the fiscal cliff will result in tax increases and federal spenng cuts. >> both parties are kind of, hey, i'm going to do my thing, you're going to do your thing, nobody seems to want to give in. >> many shoppers agree, as tax paying citizens, one of the top things on their wish list for christmas is for the president and congress to compromise and to get a deal done. >> please start working together and remember the people who put you in office. >> nadia ramdass, wbal-tv 11 news. >> jews around the world celebrated the beginning of hanukkah saturday night. in chicago, hundreds gathered to watch the lighting of an overicized menorah. hanukkah commemorates the jewish uprising in the second century b.c. according to tradition, when the jews dedicated the temple in jerusalem, a sin
. in the marine industry, about 30% of the dealers in the u.s. went under during the recession. isn't that extraordinary? but brunswick's dealer remained flat. they held in much better than the competition. they used the economic weakness to take share. plus the company took out $450 million in fixed costs during the downturn to come out even stronger than ever. that's the brunswick we're dealing with today. second, if higher taxes going forward mean there's slightly less demand for motorboats and fishing boats, you know what? i think that could be more than offset by the additional demand created by all those boats that sandy damaged or destroyed. and even before sandy, things were getting better for brunswick. over the last decade, the age of the average powerboat in the water has gone from 15 years old to 21 years old. wow! i thought cars at 11 years was a lot. that means there's a ton of pent-up replacement demand. we saw the same thing happen in the automobile market where the average car on the road got so old that it has led to a new surge. that's what that $15 million car bu
,400 for u.s. households if we go over the fiscal cliff. >> 5:23. maryland has a state bird and the state fish. >> what about a state sen w >> the star of bethlehem has been shining bright. the new owners have put the property up for sale. this will be the last year the ght the baltimoree baltimor sky. >> some lawmakers want the soft selhell crab to be the maryland state sandwich. lawmakers passed such legislation making it the official state dinner. >> are you a fan? >> i am not. >> a lot of people love it. 5:26. >> will it be progress or paralysis? all the details are just ahead. >> baltimore port workers could soon be going on strike. >> we are watching the next storm system that could bring more snow to maryland. >> this is 895 at the harbor tunnel. it is looking good at the moment >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 5:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i am jennifer franciotti. >> i am sarah caldwell. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. happy purple friday. >> ravens playoff tickets go on sale today. >> it is g
. the u.s. agriculture secretary says there could be dire consequences if lawmakers do not vote on this deal by tomorrow. >> if you like anything made with milk, you will be impacted by the fact there is no form bill because if there is not an extension or a new bill, on january 1, permanent agricultural law goes back into place and that will ultimately ramp up so that consumers will be shocked when instead of seeing $3.60 per gallon for milk, they will see $7 for milk. >> no word on if -- no word on when the dairy deal, for a vote than most economic looks remained shaky. there is one positive sign that may land you in the driver's seat. an economist predicts half a million more people will and their vehicle lease agreements in 2013 and that could flood the market with used vehicles and drivers looking for new ones. experts say it should bring down prices for used vehicles by a few hundred dollars. they see 2013 as the year of the truck which is tied to a predicted increase in construction. >> now, whether with meteorologist ava marie. >> approaching storm system could bring wet
year. >> mara schiavocampo, thank you. >>> a suicide bomber killed three people at a u.s. base in eastern afghanistan today. the taliban claims it was targeting afghan police posted outside camp chapman. the surprise attack came after a trend of decreasing violence. >>> japan has a new prime minister this morning. voted in today and immediately began installing a new cabinet. ending three years of liberal administration. a conservative known for supporting big business, he also serves as prime minister in 2006 and 2007. >>> the announcement of the new prime minister drove japanese stock up this morning. amanda drury is live at the new york stock exchange with a look at the u.s. markets. good morning. >> good morning to you, savan h savannah. front and center for the markets and any hint of a deal definitely will bring out the buyers. as the home price data is important today. home prices are on the rise, lower inventory. holiday shopping, all the bargains to be had. we're watching stocks of retailers that are definitely hoping for a flurry of buyers that are hoping to get thos
was able to, as a consequence of being commander in chief. >> this is the official document with the u.s. seal and lincoln's signature. it is really made accessible, having been damage decades ago by light exposure. conservatives rotate which of the five pages are shown. this exhibit will display pages two and 5. >> our strategy is to limit the amount of light exposure. that means to limit the length of time on display and also, to keep the light levels low. >> perceiving this piece of history for people today and generations to come. >> just think that is so cool. it will be on display in the rotunda of the national archives tomorrow, monday and tuesday. and years eve, the exhibit will stay open past midnight. now time to talk sporrts. it was a huge night for taos and basketball. >> what do suppose it would take for me to lead with towson over navy? something pretty special. >> this is powerball. good evening. tonight's guarantee that jackpot is $40 million. get out those ticket and let's play powerball. your first number for tonight is 55. followed by the number 52. and congratulations
bucks this holiday season due to dropping gas prices. a survey shows that the average u.s. price of a gallon has dropped a dime. right now the price is at 3.38 in the baltimore area even lower with the average price of regular at $3.34 a gallon. president obama and house speaker john boehner met at the white house for another round of talks to avert the fiscal cliff. both sides say they're keeping the lines of communications open but no word of a break through. >> president obama and house speaker john boehner were behind closed doors trying to break the stalemate that threatens to take the country over the fiscal cliff in just over three weeks. one by one republicans are bowing to the president's demand that taxes go up for the wealthy. >> will i accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? yes. we don't have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before you're in. i mean, we have one house that's it. the presidency and the senate in the democrat's hand. >> since we agree with the democrats 98% of the people and 08% of the bush tax cuts i woul
to this headline -- u.s. denies aid to more storm victims. this is the picture of the face of maryland during the storm. >> barbara mikulski spoke earlier at the senate appropriations subcommittee on hurricane sandy disk -- expressing her disbelief they denied the request for individual assistance for rep -- residents of the lower eastern shore and western maryland affected by the storm. she and other elected officials are pressing fema to reverse course. the state has 30 days to file an appeal. the directors seemed open to giving another look. >> sometimes i struggle with when we say now. it is never easy. it does not mean we are not going to work with the governor and mean it -- see what we can do. >> they will still provide funding to the state that can be used to prepare public structures such as roads and buildings because of the disaster declaration in november. in the wake of superstars sandy, the national hurricane center is expanding its definition of a hurricane in response to criticism for not issuing actual hurricane warnings during sandy north of north carolina. the storm was tec
will find out if the u.s. is importing or exporting more goods. that's when the balance of trade will be released and on wednesday the federal reserve will wrap up the last meeting for 2012 with another press conference from ben bernanke. wednesday is his birthday. happy birthday, mr. chairman. retail sales report out on wednesday as is the first of two with inflation indicators the producer price index that tracks prices at the wholesale level followed up on friday with the consumer price index which follows. >>> finally, if you are on this list it doesn't death set you apart. professional networking site released the overused buzz words on user profiles. they are so often used they lose significance with hiring managers. analyzing 187 million profiles around the globe, linkedin found create zif the top offender in the united states as well as seven other countries. rounding out the top five, organizational, effective, motivated and extensive experience. using buzz words in an effort to land your dream gig can be a buzz kill. just fyi. thank you for joining us. my guest next wee
. >>> a federal judge has refused to ban u.s. sales of three samsung smart phones even though a jury decided in august that the models made illegal use of some apple technology. that jury did order samsung to pay apple more than a billion dollars. however, the judge said monday that apple's demands to ban the phones was too broad of a punishpunis punishment and that doing so would harm the public. >>> the u.s. government has fined toyota a record $17 pn.4 million for failing to quickly report a safety problem and delaying a recall. toyota has agreed to pay the penalty without admitting that it broke any laws. the fine stems if a june recall of lexus suvs because the drivers side floor mats can trap the gas medal. it is the fourth fine against toyota in the past two years for similar infractions. >>> hasbro will start marketing a gender neutral version of its popular easy bake oven and use boys in the ads for the toy. a new jersey girl -- yes, a girl, she gathered signatures in her online petition, urging hasbro to make the change. she was inspired after trying to bake an easy bake for her li
putin signed a bill that blocks russian children from leaving the country, even if u.s. families have already started the process of adopting them. the ban appears to be in re retaliation for u.s. criticism of russia's human rights record. >>> it's back to work for hillary clinton after being sidelined due to a concussion. she hit her head earlier this month after a stomach virus caused her to faint. overseas travel will remain off the table for several more weeks. >>> a woman has been arrested suspected of running a fraudulent fundraising scheme to profit off the sandy hook shooting tragedy. the 37-year-old was charged with lying to the fbi agents investigating the alleged scam. she spoke off camera earlier this month with our own jeff rossen. the uncle of 6-year-old shooting victim noah posner found a post online requesting donations to a personal paypal account. a complaint filed against alba claims she used text messages and phone calls. >>> out with the old and in with the new. the first thing that's got to go are some annoying words from this year. according to their annual surv
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